It’s time for another accounting report of how the money raised at the Kindness Yard Sale was spent!
Let’s start this one in CHICAGO. My sweetheart and I were eating breakfast at an amazing donut shop called Do-Rite Donuts. We sat at the counter facing the window and watched the world go by as we sipped coffee and ate our treats - fried chicken sandwiches with DONUTS for "buns". Yum! I noticed that a lot of people in scrubs were coming in, then realized the hospital was right across the street. So, I went up to a man in scrubs near the register and said that I would like to buy his lunch with proceeds from a Kindness Yard Sale. Boy was he surprised!! He had ordered just a coffee, but I said, “Don’t you need a SANDWICH or anything?”. He smiled a bit, hemmed and hawed with feeling awkward about taking a free lunch from a stranger, then accepted the offer of a sandwich. I learned his name was Ryan and he was a tech at the hospital. He thanked us 2 or 3 times before leaving.
Total cost: $7.23
|Donuuuuuts at Do-Rite|
And since we are on the HEALTH CARE and DONUTS theme, how about this one?? My sister brought me a Krispy Kreme donut recently. I hadn’t had one in a long time and had forgotten how delicious they are! So, I decided to buy a few dozen and hand them out to nurses, because nurses are the hardest working people in health care! Lucky for me the woman working at the Krispy Kreme on 72nd St in Omaha, Nebraska was super cool. I explained what I was doing and asked what the best deal was she could give me. She sold me 5 boxes of donuts (some glazed, some fancy) for $29.95! She also loaned me a Sharpie so I could write messages like “Nurses Rock!” and “We Heart Nurses” on the boxes. Then I took them to Methodist Hospital and delivered them to nurses. It was a bit of a hard delivery – that is the hospital where my dad and sister were both treated one year ago so it brought back some sad and scary memories. But it also felt GOOD to surprise the ER nurses, cardiac nurses, and rehab nurses with sugary treats. They were happy to get them and surprised they were “from a stranger”, not a family member of a patient.
Total cost: $29.95
|Donut delivery - coming up!|
|Get ready nurses, here they come|
Sticking with the health care and treats theme… My neighbor Stacia gave me a great idea on how to use some of the money. She told me, “Special needs parents are some of the most tired and stressed out people I know. May I suggest finding a speech therapist office or an OT or a child therapy office and bringing some coffees for the parents in the waiting room? It would mean the world to them.” She then recommended a medical office in Falls Church, Virginia called “Great Beginnings”, which fit the bill and also had a Starbucks very nearby! I stopped at New Beginnings and before I even got off the elevator I could hear a child having a meltdown. In the hallway I was greeted by an exhausted woman sitting on the floor talking on her cell phone and other parents and kids standing around. I went into the office. There were 3 families in the waiting room. It felt a little strange going up to people I had never met and offering them coffee, but I went for it! The first woman was very surprised at the offer and teared up a bit to think that she was going to be treated. She ordered an Earl Grey tea. She and her daughter were not regulars to Starbucks, so the girl didn’t know what to order. 😊 The other people in the waiting room said thanks, but no thanks. On my way out I paused to talk with the woman who was sitting on the floor and offered her a coffee, too. “Oh, yes!!!” she replied. When I asked what her order was, she said, “Oh, umm, my usual drink is too expensive, so just get me a regular coffee please”. No, no, no, I insisted. She deserved a treat! So, she ordered a Misto with cream. When I got to Starbucks I ordered the tea and coffee (venti of course!) plus a Strawberry Cream Frappuccino for the little girl and 5 cake pops. It was so fun handing the treats out! The hallway woman was very appreciative. The little girl was delighted with her pink drink and cake pop. And the families who had said “no thank you” the first time were happy to get a cake pop.
Total cost: $23.32
From Virginia to VIETNAM. Some of the money was used to give a Kiva loan a woman named Mrs. Luyento. She was trying to get a loan to buy materials to build a new toilet. Here is the piece on her from Kiva: “Mrs. Luyến is 53 years old and married. Her husband is a fisherman. She sells seafood in the local market and also dries fish to sell. Her family's income from these businesses is unstable. She dreams of having a hygienic toilet, but her income is not enough to get one. She is asking for a loan to buy sand, cement, bricks, and pipes to build a new toilet. They would like to improve their living conditions. This is her fifth loan cycle with Thanh Hoa MFI. In the future, she hopes for her business to do well.”
I love giving Kiva loans (I have loaned to 14 different countries!), and this one touched my heart. Everyone deserves a hygienic toilet! It makes me happy to know that some of the funds from the Kindness Yard Sale are helping her to improve her life. Our money was pooled with loans from 47 other donors and she met her goal of $1300. She has already repaid $1.67 of what we loaned her. When she repays it all, I will choose another recipient on Kiva to keep the loans going. If you have never considered loaning through Kiva, please check it out. You will be inspired and grateful for all that you have. Link to Kiva here
Total cost: loan of $25, and $2.50 donation to Kiva itself
|Mrs. Luyento - I hope she is happy with her new toilet!|
And finally, back to Chicago. My sisters and I had a long lay-over recently in Midway Airport and we noticed a lot of people in military uniforms. I went to the register at Einstein Brothers Bagels and greeted a woman in an Air Force uniform. I thanked her for her service and said I would like to buy her lunch with money raised at a Kindness Yard Sale. She was very, very happy to have lunch “on us”. And it turns out, she was deploying and was on the way to the United Arab Emirates. Thanks for your service, ma’am! Wishing you a safe deployment.
Total cost: $7.92
There is $168.08 of the “Kindness Money” left to spend (plus a few more investments that have been made that I have not written about yet). I know that I am going to miss this project when it is over. It has given me joy to spread this kindness! Thanks again for donating and shopping at the Kindness Yard Sale!
Until the next update…